22 August 2022 ― Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched an emergency response to the drought in Somalia, with a package of food, health, water and sanitation assistance for the benefit of 25,423 internally displaced persons. camps in Dolow district, Gedo region, Jubaland, as well as 162,000 head of cattle, at a total cost of $500,000 (QR 1,822,500).
The objective of the project is to meet the priority needs of displaced people affected by drought, by providing primary health care, clean water and public health awareness. These activities will ensure better hygiene; reduce water-borne diseases; and minimize malnutrition rates among children, pregnant women and the elderly.
According to the plan, the following activities will be carried out:
Water and sanitation: Supply of drinking water for three months, i.e. a total of 270 20-litre water tanks, intended for watering 4,000 people and 162,000 head of cattle, as well as distribution of 850 hygiene kits containing soap, hand sanitizers, detergents, and jerry cans.
Health care: Deployment of a mobile clinic for three months to provide primary health care services (such as clinical examinations, laboratory tests, minor surgeries and medications) and organize health education sessions. health, benefiting 5,400 people.
Food security: A total of 2,289 food parcels will be distributed to 16,023 people, each containing 94.5 kg of staple foods such as flour, rice, sugar, vegetable oil, infant formula and dates.
Prior to the project, there was coordination with relevant authorities in Somalia to identify beneficiaries and define implementation mechanisms. The project is carried out in partnership with the Somali Ministry of Health (MOH), the Somali Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MOHADM), the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and camp management committees of Jubaland.
Somalia’s drought disaster has recently worsened, putting more than 6.1 million people at risk of food insecurity, water scarcity and malnutrition, up from 3.2 million in December 2021, organizations say. humanitarian workers in Somalia.
The southern provinces are the hardest hit by the drought, which has killed more than 34,000 head of cattle and threatens millions of lives in Lower and Middle Juba, Gedo, Galgaduud and Mudug regions of Jubaland and Galmudug.
According to MOHADM, some 10.7 million people are experiencing severe humanitarian conditions due to drought, locusts and unstable rainfall, in addition to the impact of COVID-19, which has taken a heavy toll on the country’s economy. countries and food prices.
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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)
Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.
The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. He is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.
Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.
With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.